Sabrina Mahfouz | Art Speaks | Art UK

Sabrina Mahfouz | Art Speaks | Art UK



Look. How does a painting capture stillness in chaos? Is it through the narrow range of greys, the
refusal to smudge edges? Or is it that in the wild but contrived waves
of a painted storm belongs our true future? Frothy. Merciless. Cold. We are seized There sit 287 people in parliament who voted
to replace humanity's complexity with clear and simplified blocks of colour Make children the distant background of a
painting, matte polish pushing salvageable suffering from sight They would have us nod in front of oil on
canvas I agree, it's an extraordinary depiction of
a terrifying moment Applaud us to retreat into a disorder without
detail The patient artifice of Babels, bodies that
are hard-boiled, awaiting the peeling Look, a sun and steeple in the distance. Does the artist suggest we can be saved from
cauldron clouds and augmented oceans? I think that will require more than sun and
steeples. More than ropes flung to shore. More than sculptured outlines of what is right. It will require, simply, all of the people,
to steady our boats in a storm.

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